In a surprise to fans who caught the teasers leading up to the Frito-Lay Flamin’ Hot Super Bowl commercial (seen above), Megan Thee Stallion and Charlie Puth are not physically on screen. Instead, they voice a songbird and beatboxing fox alongside animal friends contributing to rhythmic huffing and puffing, thanks to the spicy Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos and Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Doritos they are snacking on in the jungle. A sloth, deer, and bear get the beat started, wincing from the flavor before going back for more bites, and as more animals come together to join in on the feast, the tune builds to Salt-N-Pepa’s iconic hit, “Push It.”
Megan was happy with the song choice, speaking more about it in behind-the-scenes footage (via People). “Salt-N-Pepa are just the OGs. They are female rap, female empowerment, everything I think I am,” she said. “Putting the song in the ad is only right because it’s everything women are standing for, especially right now.”
Puth told Forbes he was excited to collaborate with Megan, having never met her before. “I’m a huge fan of hers and it’s super-impressive she’s able to graduate from college and be a pop superstar at the same time,” he said. As for what team he’s rooting for, Puth admitted he was clueless. “I just found out the Rams are playing,” he said. “I have Super Bowl commercial … and I can’t wait to see the halftime show.” Super Bowl LVI kicks off February 13 at 6:30 p.m. EST on NBC.